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Report 2013: Two Splendid Weeks in Northern Italy

By Engred from Oregon, Fall 2011

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Page 14 of 14: Last Day

We had a fun and busy day for our last day in Italy! While everyone had breakfast at the hotel, I got up early and walked over to the Rialto market. I wanted to take my time and watch the market being set up and the little old ladies shopping. Well, it probably would have been a good idea to find out exactly where the market is located before leaving the hotel. I figured that it was a large market located near the Rialto bridge, so it wouldn’t be hard to find, right? Wrong! After getting to the bridge, not seeing it and then wandering around for about 20 minutes trying not to panic, I finally rounded the corner and there it was! Whew! I made my first pass through the market and watched the boats being unloaded. I passed a café a couple of times, finally got up the courage and went in and ordered a cappuccino and cornetto. Of course, the woman making the coffee corrected my Italian, but gave me the cappuccino and apricot cornetto so I felt better. Fueled by my cappuccino and my success ordering it, I stopped in another shop where (after some confusion) I purchased some pasta.

At the appointed hour, I stood at the edge of the market and spotted Guido as the taxi pulled up and the family disembarked. We met Mrs. Seguso to do some shopping, as she was going to give us a cooking lesson at her home for lunch! Shopping with her was very interesting, as she described some of the veggies and seafood that are particular to Venice and discussed the menu we would be cooking later.

Following the shopping spree, we dropped Mrs. Seguso at her vaporetto stop and continued on to Giudecca, where we stopped for a visit at the Fortuny fabric showroom. The showroom is next to the factory, right on the lagoon. We were greeted by Marjolaine, who gave us a tour and told us the history of the company. She also gave us a tour of the beautiful garden behind the showroom, which had a pool and a lovely pool house. When we asked about seeing the factory, she explained that the company was so secretive about its process that she had worked for the company for nearly two years and she wasn’t even allowed in the factory! Thanking Marjolaine for her interesting tour, we got back on the taxi and rode over to Lido where we walked to Mrs. Seguso’s home. After being in Venice for a few days where there are no cars, it was a surprise to suddenly see them everywhere! We had a great cooking lesson followed by a fantastic lunch! There is nothing like eating the fruit of our labors, especially when it is so tasty!

It turns out that Mr. Seguso’s family has a glass production factory on Murano, which was evidenced by some beautiful glass pieces in their home, including their coffee table! So after lunch we left Lido and took a quick ride over to Murano for a tour of the family factory and their showroom. There were some truly amazing pieces, large and small, and it was a great way to end a great afternoon!

We started our last evening in Venice with a spritz on the veranda, watching the boats go by and enjoying each other’s company. We then made our way to one of our favorite restaurants in Venice, Antiche Carampane. I tried prawns “en soare”, which is a very traditional Venetian dish and which I loved. The food was great, the wine was good and it was a great way to end the trip. Due to our early departure the next morning, we went back to the hotel and packed.

As with every trip to Italy, we think that it can’t get better and then it does. This trip was very special and we met some amazing people that we will never forget and hope to see again.

Sorry I didn't attach any photos to this report - one of these years I will figure out how to do that!


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